Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: Selling the homeplace

George Bowers Sr.

May 13, 2016

About a year ago, the Bowers Homeplace that Dad and Mom built in the 1960s was sold to new owners. The new occupants are taking great care of the property and making changes to make it their own. It’s a blessing to see someone enjoying a home that was special to us for so long. I pray they have as much happiness there as we did over the years.

Bonner Day: I have two mothers

Bonner Day

May 6, 2016

As Mother’s Day approaches in the valley, I realized that I have two mothers. Both are deceased but there is hardly a day I don’t think of them.

George Bowers Sr.: ‘Behold thy mother’

George Bowers Sr.

May 6, 2016

As Jesus was dying on the cross, he used some of his very last breath to arrange for the care of his mother. In John 19:47, He told John, “Behold thy mother.” Although it was a specific directive for John to assume responsibility for Mary, these words of Jesus are good advice for us this Mother’s Day. Let us take a few minutes to behold our moms.

Sandy Schwalb: ‘Merry’ May can be quite a month

sandy-schwalb

May 1, 2016

I have a love-hate relationship with the month of May. It can be beautiful, the winter is a distant memory (we hope), the days are getting longer and my sport of choice – baseball – is in full swing! But, alas, it has not always been perfect for me.

George Bowers Sr.: Let’s try Zachary Taylor’s solution

George Bowers Sr.

April 29, 2016

Most Americans don’t know much about our nation’s 12th president, Zachary Taylor, but a few things happened early in his presidency that are very noteworthy. For starters, even though he had earned the nickname of “Old Rough and Ready” by his leadership in the War of 1812, he refused to be sworn into office on a Sunday out of respect for the Lord’s day. Instead, he was inaugurated at noon on Monday, March 5. The term of outgoing President James Polk ended the day before and so the nation was officially without a chief executive for 24 hours.

Bonner Day: Kindness and common sense in the valley

Bonner Day

April 29, 2016

A local kindness was brought to my attention the other day. I’m sure many readers can cite similar stories, but I want to share this one for those who might be unfamiliar with the valley’s big heart.

James Pinsky: New program can help landowners mitigate runoff

Jay Pinsky

April 28, 2016

Runoff occurs when rainfall can’t soak into the ground due to things like roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes and other man-made structures that replace natural landscapes. This water collects and eventually finds its way into local waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.